The FLEX Alumni Photo/Video contest is an annual competition for FLEX alumni to submit photos and videos that they have taken during alumni activities, workshops, and events. Submit your photos and videos that put a spotlight on the goals and the essence of the FLEX Alumni program from June 25 – July 31, 2019 (11:59 PM Eastern Time).

The winning photo and video will be selected by a team from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and will win prizes. The community choice award winner, that photo or video that received the most public votes from the FLEX Alumni Facebook page will also receive prizes. Public voting will take place on the FLEX Alumni Program Facebook Page starting on June 30 through July 31, 2019 (11:59 PM Eastern Time). All prizes help the winners develop and improve upon their creative media skills.  Past contest prizes included Go Pro Hero, Cannon/Sony Video cameras, and Polaroid cameras.

1. Number of Submissions 

The limit is 2 pictures and one video per person. Videos may not exceed three minutes. Each photo/video file should be submitted individually through this site.

2. Every Submission Must Include

  • The submitter’s name and Facebook profile link for tagging purposes.
  • The year the submitter participated in the FLEX exchange program.
  • A title for the photograph or video with a chosen theme.
  • A description of the event in the photo or video.
  • The date that the event took place (approximate dates are fine) of the event.
  • The names of FLEX alumni in the photo/video (so that the person can be tagged on FB).
  • The location of the event.

3. The Photo or Video Submitter Must

  • Be a FLEX alumnus/alumna.
  • Not be an American Councils, U.S. Government, or U.S. Embassy employee.
  • Not be in the picture (with the exception of selfies).
  • Be the photographer of the picture or recorder/creator of the video submitted.

4. Photos

  • Must depict alumni activities which took place sometime between 2013-2019.
  • Must have taken place during FLEX alumni program events, projects, and workshops.
  • Should be spontaneous shots of alumni in action.
  • Posed photographs will not be competitive.

5. Video 

  • Must depict alumni activities which took place sometime between 2013-2019.
  • May not exceed three minutes in length.
  • Must not contain any copyrighted material.

6. Winning Photographs / Video

Winning photographs/video will be selected based on how well they depict the spirit of the FLEX Alumni program and how aligned they are as per the themes of this contest. The submissions should demonstrate alumni developing and sharing the skills and knowledge they received in the U.S and afterward, in, and with their local communities.

7. Community CHOICE AWARD

A separate award (Community CHOICE AWARD) will be given to that alumnus/a who submitted the most popular picture or video judged by the highest number of votes/likes through the FLEX Alumni Facebook page.

8. Contest Winner

Contest winner will be selected by a jury from the Youth Programs Office of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

9. Contest Agreement

By submitting your photos or video you agree that the American Councils can post the photo or video on its sites for the promotion of the FLEX program and share with the American Councils employees and partners. All submissions, including videos and photographs, or other information communicated to the FLEX Program of American Councils for International Education through this site https://flexalhttps://bit.ly/2ZMvI7oumniphotocontest.submittable.com  will forever be the property of the FLEX Alumni Program of American Councils for International Education and may be used in future publications, and web outlets.  Without limitation, the FLEX Alumni Program of American Councils for International Education will have exclusive ownership of all present and future existing rights to the Submission of every kind and nature everywhere.  It is the responsibility of the submitter to ensure that the persons included in the submissions, including videos or pictures, or other information communicated to the FLEX Alumni program of American Councils for International Education through this site: https://flexalumniphotocontest.submittable.com, have approved the usage of their story or image in the submission on the website.

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